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Senior Signal Circuit Designer

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Job ID: 60853
Department: Rail Transit
Location: Jersey City, NJ


Senior Signal Circuit Designer 

Under the direction of the Principal Signal Engineer or the Assistant Superintendent of Signals, the incumbent performs responsible technical duties in the rehabilitation and maintenance of the signal system governing train movements. The incumbent may also oversee subordinate Staff Signals Designers and Draftspersons in the performance of their duties related to the signals system.


Typical responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:


  • Perform data and trend analysis of the PATH CBTC/ATC system. This analysis requires the ability to understand complex data from the carborne and wayside CBTC systems, along with the conventional solid state interlocking system.


  • Assists in establishing design concepts, criteria, and standards for vital and non-vital systems associated with the conventional signal system and the CBTC system.

  • Designs circuits required for rehabilitation and modifications of the conventional underlying signal system that interface with the CBTC system.
  • Prepares test plans, test procedures and conducts field and operational test on new, rehabilitated, or modified signal system installations. Simulates various operating conditions, and test that signal apparatus operates in accordance with PATH and FRA requirements and that systems are functioning as designed. This applies to all ATC subsystems.

  • Maintains file of signal system drawings, power diagrams, wiring diagrams and apparatus layouts; prepares new or revised drawings as required.

NOTE: The foregoing is not exclusive and is not meant to describe all those duties which may be assigned to a Senior Signal Designer


Candidates must present the following qualifications to be considered eligible for this position:

  • Bachelor’s Degree (Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering) from an accredited college or university
  • Progressively responsible related experience (5+ years) with PTC or CBTC systems currently used in North America, Europe, or Asia.
  • Knowledge and understanding of FRA rules and regulations as they apply to PTC and Signal systems.
  • Experience with data communication network systems including knowledge of fiber optics and all current communications protocols, wired and wireless.
  • Experience with signal control computer server systems including the ability to perform advance software maintenance on such systems.
  • Diverse experience specific to railroad systems experience include:

Applicants must meet all performance and attendance standards and have completed all probationary periods.


Ideal candidates will present the following profile:

Minimum of (5) years continuous full-time paid work in the train control field. This experience should be with major CBTC or PTC vendor in the North American market.

The candidate must possess a thorough knowledge and understanding of train control systems with extensive knowledge of carborne, wayside, and positioning systems used in a major vendors (Siemens, Thales Alstom) CBTC or PTC system.

  • Abilities and skills include the following:
  • Use of computer-based calculation tool and application programs.
  • Perform vital and non-vital circuit design and circuit analysis.
  • Development of test procedures and directing and conducting circuit and operation test.
  • Project management skills related to overlaying CBTC system in a brown field environment.
  • Expert knowledge of excel including the ability import data and generate graphs and pivot tables.
  • Proven leadership and management skills with the ability to develop and motivate personnel.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects stems.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment skills and provide effective solutions to complex problems.
  • Related experience with managing scopes and schedules
  • Operations
  • Troubleshooting
  • Field testing
  • Factory testing
  • Training

Must possess effective verbal and written communication skills; excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to interact effectively with staff at all levels and with outside consultants, contractors, and agencies.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should apply to this job by clicking on the "Apply Now" button and submitting a resume. The Port Authority of NY & NJ welcomes veteran and military spouse applications.

Only applicants under consideration will be contacted.

About PATH:

The Port Authority Trans Hudson Corporation (PATH), an FRA-regulated commuter railroad, is the primary transit link between Manhattan and New Jersey communities and suburban commuter railroads. Carrying over 75 million passengers per year, PATH trains run 24 hours a day, seven days a week, one of the few 24-hour systems in the world. Since the early 20th Century, PATH and its predecessor, the Hudson & Manhattan Railroad, have carried passengers between New Jersey and points in Midtown and Lower Manhattan, serving as a key link in the region's transportation network and as a catalyst for continued residential, commercial and employment growth.

PATH operates 24 hours per day/7 days per week/365 days per year. Employees are required to work weekends, holidays, atypical hours (evening and midnight shifts) and during inclement weather conditions. Incumbents may be subjected to mandatory overtime at the beginning or end of their scheduled tour, or on their days off. A union seniority system dictates work schedules for jobs represented by one of PATH’s unions, and time off may not be immediately available during the usual summer and holiday periods. Working conditions will be challenging, including but not limited to inclement weather, direct contact with the public, in tunnel and outside areas during active train service, and an industrial environment. Commitment to attendance is expected and required.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey/Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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